Why is it hard for companies to manufacture a premium looking phone?

Image courtesy of Android Authority

Image courtesy of Android Authority

It’s not a novelty for users to want to have a good looking device. But as powerful as many phones on the market are, very few have an attractive appearance. The ones that do, either miss the mark in, such as having an oversize camera or an unneeded screen bezel. Either that or they look like a knock off of Apple’s iPhone. This seems to be an interesting pattern as consumers have repeated demanded good looking smartphones, but also good looking smartphones that don’t look like iPhones. The idea behind making a phone look like an iPhone is to draw in the iPhone market base, but why would anyone get an phone that looks like an iPhone instead of an iPhone? It seems this question has eluded the marketing departments of all the companies making look a-likes. Sound off in the comments below and comment on what you want a smartphone to look like!


The Future of Batteries

Batteries, just like many other technologies, are shrinking in size while holding a greater charge than its bulkier predecessors, because of the capabilities of Lithium-Ion batteries. This same trend is continuing with the newest technology, Aluminum- Ion batteries. According to a study done by Stanford scientists, Aluminum-Ion batteries charge much faster, and hold a much greater charge than Lithium-Ion batteries, but they only produce an output of 2 V with a weak energy density, so scientists will have to improve upon that before the technology may become mass produced. Another cool property of Aluminum-Ion batteries is that even after thousand of charges there was no capacity decay, and with Lithium Ion batteries their capacity almost fully decays after a few hundred charges. This new technology, in my opinion, is going to revolutionize the future of our technology.

Here is the link to the study done by Stanford.


A Phone Disappointment Rant

The Nexus 6 disappointed me with it’s big size, Samsung phones remain ugly as ever, no Sony device is going to be supported beyond a year so why bother, the HTC M9 killed itself with the battery life and “meh” processor. I have my fingers crossed for the G4, I love Android OS but until manufactures get their house in order, I fear I’m just going to have to go iPhone again. I really hope the G4 comes in clutch but I’m not keeping my hopes up. I enjoyed my ventures with an iPhone but I am ready to return to Android, if the phone is right.